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Bill Murray Reportedly “In Talks” to Play Joe Maddon in Movie About Cubs’ World Series Win
A movie about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series is officially in the works, and according to Deadline Cubs superfan Bill Murray is “in talks” to play manager Joe Maddon.
The movie, currently titled Teammate, is based on the book of the same name by Don Yaeger and retired Cub David Ross. It’s being produced by Chicago native Ted Field through Radar Pictures, with Shane Abess set to direct.
Chicago native Bill Murray was front and center throughout the Cubs’ remarkable playoff run last fall. He was there at Progressive Field to witness the incredible Game 7 victory that finally put an end the Cubs’ 108-year curse, celebrating with the team on the field and in the locker room. He was the perfect embodiment of what it was like to be a Cubs fan at that moment in history.
There is no guarantee that Murray will end up signing on to the project. However, Joe Maddon was delighted when reporters told him about the rumors on Wednesday.
“Are you serious? That’s awesome,” Maddon said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times‘s Bill Zwecker and Madeline Kennedy. “He’s much better looking than me. Second, it’s very flattering if that is true.”
Regardless of whether Murray plays Maddon, let’s hope they get this movie right. The Cubs’ World Series run is one of the greatest sports stories of our generation, and it deserves a good movie.
Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]